Not even 80ft cliffs and the pounding waves of the Atlantic can keep a farmer from saving his beloved cows as seen in a dramatic rescue on the North Kerry coast.
Farmer Thomas Harrington and son Tomás were horrified to discover one of their cows and her calf trapped under 80 foot cliffs on the coastal boundary of their lands at Clashmealcon recently.
But they effected a dramatic rescue in the nick of time three days' later before a massive high tide surged in.
Calf 'Crusher' and his mother 'Maolie' were found huddling under an overhang metres from the surf after they had evidently bolted in a storm. "We threw down a barrel of feed and a bale of hay to them immediately," Thomas said.
He then called in the help of friend Pat Walsh to oversee the rescue.
"We packed a steep cliff path nearby as hard as we could with the contents of two bags of haylage and Tomás went down on ropes to coax the pair up as Pat directed it from a vantage. We eventually got them up safe and sound, without injury thank God. We blessed them morning, noon and night during the three days with Holy Water from St Peter and Paul's Church in Ballyduff and from St John's Church in Causeway," Thomas added.
Plucky calf Crusher and his mom are now something of the local celebrities as news of their ordeal spreads.